An evening at the opera in Paris will add a dash of glamour to any trip to Paris. There are two opera houses which are like chalk and cheese. The 19th century Palais Garnier with its flamboyant Baroque revival architecture, and a cosy interior of crimson velvet and gold is dedicated mostly to ballet, though the odd opera slips through and is - not surprisingly - totally booked out when it does. The Opera Bastille was built in the 80s as part of President Mitterrand's legacy of monumental buildings. The architecture has always been the subject of controversy with the interior once described as having “the slick, impersonal look of an airport lounge”.
This season the opera houses offer some very well known ballets and operas, some twists on classics and even some which are brand new to the Parisian stage.
Get dressed up for a rare occasion, delve into the extravagant costumes, exciting theatrics and lose yourself in the magnificent voices performing this year.